Yesterday I stumbled across an article on The Verge website: You can now run Android apps on a Mac or PC with Google Chrome.
Sounded interesting! So I tested this on my Windows 8.1 computer.
Besides Google Chrome you just need to install the “App Runtime for Chrome” (ARC).
Find out how it works here: Getting Started with ARC
“…The App Runtime for Chrome (Beta), or ARC, lets you run your favorite Android apps on Chrome OS….”
ARC is based on Android 4.4. So most apps should run in this framework.
The Package Android APKs for ARC (App Runtime for Chrome) is about 12MB and must be installed once.
After installing the ARC Welder the App can be started.
There must be a local directory assigned for the apps.
Now Apps can be downloaded from the Google App Store.
You can add apps now.
The App will be added to the App Launcher (which is added to the taskbar in Windows 8.1).
After the download has completed: Here we go…
…and much more…
The article of the Verge says “…It’s an early experiment designed primarily for developers, but anyone can now download an APK of an existing Android app and launch it on a Windows, Linux PC, Mac, or Chromebook.”
It’s fun to fill your Google Chrome App Launcher with Android Apps…
Also check out the Best practices on the Getting Started with ARC page. It is recommended to use Tablet or Maximized for your form factor and Landscape for your orientation. Since ARC is in Beta, it doesn't support all of Google Play Services yet.
Try it out…!